Aj­mal 're­dis­cov­ers old rhythm', tar­gets World T20 re­turn

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Pak­istan's dis­carded off-spin­ner Saaed Aj­mal says he is hope­ful of prov­ing his form in a forth­com­ing do­mes­tic league as he tar­gets a re­turn to na­tional colours in the World Twenty20 this March. The 38-year-old, whose ac­cu­racy and de­cep­tive doosra helped drive his team to vic­tory in the 2009 edi­tion, has strug­gled to make an im­pact since com­ing back last Fe­bru­ary from a five-month ban for chuck­ing.

He took just one wicket in two ODIs when he last played, against Bangladesh, in April, and a pal­try 16 wick­ets at 55 apiece for his English county side Worces­ter­shire.

But speak­ing on the side­lines of a launch event for Is­lam­abad United, one of five teams tak­ing part in the Pak­istan Su­per League (PSL) to be held in the UAE this month, Aj­mal said he had worked on tech­ni­cal flaws and re­dis­cov­ered his old rhythm.

"I've got a good plat­form and work­ing on my goals. You are go­ing to see the Saeed Aj­mal of old," he said. "The World T20 is af­ter this. and I want to per­form well and make my­self avail­able for the team."

Aj­mal, who was picked as a last minute 'sup­ple­men­tary player' by the cap­i­tal's team, pointed to bet­ter show­ings in Bangladesh's T20 league last Novem­ber as proof the magic had not de­serted him.

Be­fore be­ing sus­pended in Septem­ber 2014 for ex­ceed­ing the 15-de­gree el­bow flex limit set by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil, Aj­mal was ranked the world's num­ber one bowler in ODIs and was al­most as im­pres­sive in Tests.

He fa­mously cap­tured 24 wick­ets in three Tests against Eng­land in 2012.

"When I made my come­back against Bangladesh I was lack­ing match prac­tice," he said. "I needed some time. Now I've had some time and I've been able to work on my­self. I've got my vari­a­tion back and you will see the re­sults in the PSL.

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